6. There were actually six tribes that walked the Trail of Tears. One tribe, Chipachawamie, died of famine early on. The tribe was small and only consisted of about 1,000 members. Those that survived were accepted into the Choctaw tribe. For whatever reason, this is largely ignored by history books.
Cherokee Trail of Tears Map.jpg I'm pinning this under "admiration" for the brave men, women and children who lost their lives during this shameful time in American history. As a native Oklahoman, the story of the trail of tears has always deeply touched me.
An American Betrayal: Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears by Daniel Blake Smith - Smith, an award-winning historian, offers an eye-opening view of why neither assimilation nor Cherokee independence could succeed in Jacksonian America. (Bilbary Town Library: Good for Readers, Good for Libraries)